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Spring 2019 Program Highlights


ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (12-11-40) Clayton Collyer is the Man of Steel in an isolated episode of the series, with Jackie Kelk as Jimmy Olsen and Julian Noa as Perry White. Superman discovers the identity of a criminal boss and learns of his plans to blow up a bridge. Syndicated. (12 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (2-4-48) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Louise Erickson as Marjorie, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Richard LeGrand as Peavey, Ken Christy as Chief Gates, Arthur Q. Bryan as Floyd Munson. When Mayor Terwilliger has to leave town on business, Gildy becomes the acting mayor of Summerfield. Kraft, NBC. (29 min)
THE WHISTLER (7-21-48) “Farewell Party” starring Lurene Tuttle and Gerald Mohr, with Bill Forman as the Whistler. A woman plans to murder her husband to be with her music teacher. Marvin Miller announces. Signal Oil, CBS. (29 min)
UNCLE SAM PRESENTS (3-18-44) A broadcast from New York, featuring Capt. Glenn Miller and the Band of the AEF Technical Training Command, with vocals by Sgt. Ray McKinley, Sgt. Johnny Desmond and the Crew Chiefs. Selections include “A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening,” “(There’ll Be a) Hot Time in the Town of Berlin” and others. NBC. (16 min)
SHERLOCK HOLMES (4-22-46) “The Tankerville Club” starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Holmes and Watson investigate when a prestigious club banishes a young man for playing with a deck of marked cards. Harry Bartell announces. Petri Wines, MBS. (30 min)
RED SKELTON SHOW (11-19-46) With Verna Felton, Gigi Pearson, Pat McGeehan, Wonderful Smith, Anita Ellis, David Forrester and the Orchestra, announcer Rod O’Connor. The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire is devoted to “Parking,” with sketches involving Willie Lump-Lump and Junior, the Mean Little Kid. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)


PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (10-24-48) With Elliott Lewis as Frank Remley, Walter Tetley as Julius Abbruzzio, Robert North as Willie, Gale Gordon, Jeanine Roose and Anne Whitfield as the Harris daughters. When Alice says that the family needs to economize, Remley suggests buying beef in quantity. Rexall, NBC. (29 min)
NIGHT IN A FOX HOLE (3-24-44) A broadcast of a recording made by two combat correspondents right after the Marines swarmed ashore onto one of the Marshall Island atolls, to illustrate “the change that comes over a man after twenty-four hours of battle.” WOR. (15 min)
X MINUS ONE (12-12-56) “Hostess,” starring Teri Keane, Les Damon and Kermit Murdoch. An ambassador from an alien race is invited to the home of an Earth couple. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (4-4-18) Steve Darnall’s conversation with actress Teri Keane, speaking from her home in New York, as she looks back on her career in radio and television. (36 min)
SUSPENSE (10-29-61) “Death of an Old Flame” starring Larry Haines, Teri Keane. A piano player’s ex-wife talks him into taking part in a heist. With Ralph Bell, Robert Donley, Evelyn Juster. Participating sponsors, CBS. (24 min)
YOUR HIT PARADE (4-1-44) It’s the top tunes of the week, as performed by Frank Sinatra, Joan Edwards, the Hit Paraders and Mark Warnow and the Orchestra. Songs includes “A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening,” “When They Ask About You,” “Mairzy Doats,” “Of Thee I Sing” and others. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)


DOCTORS AT WAR (3-25-44) “Our Blood For Our Boys” is the story of how blood plasma is used to save the lives of those wounded in battle. Bob Murphy announces. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
STORY OF DR. KILDARE (3-15-50) Lew Ayres stars as Dr. Kildare, with Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie. Kildare must treat a hypochondriac who happens to be one of the hospital’s largest donors. With Virginia Gregg, Joseph Kearns, Ted Osborne. Syndicated. (27 min)
CRIME DOCTOR (4-29-45) House Jamison stars as Dr. Ordway, who investigates when a safecracker gets out of jail and seeks revenge on his ex-partner. Ken Roberts announces. Philip Morris Cigarettes, CBS. (23 min)
JOYCE JORDAN, MD (5-14-48) An isolated episode of the series. As she prepares for a pre-surgical examination, Dr. Jordan consults with Dr. Gaylord about the patient. Ron Rossen announces. Dreft, NBC. (15 min)
DR. SIXGUN (7-29-54) Karl Weber stars as Dr. Gray Matson, with William Griffiths as Pablo. The doctor treats an injured soldier who insists that his commanding officer has gone insane. Cast: Bill Gray, Arnold Robertson, Ralph Bell, William Keene. AFTRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
STRANGE DR. WEIRD (11-14-44) “The Summoning of Chandor” with Maurice Tarplin as Dr. Weird. A criminal hires a mystic to summon a dead woman. Adam Hats, MBS. (15 min)
DR. CHRISTIAN (9-17-47) “The Norton Nose” starring Jean Hersholt as Dr. Christian, Rosemary DeCamp as nurse Judy Price. A light-hearted story about a young woman whose nose is injured in an accident. Vaseline Products, CBS. (25 min)


This afternoon, we’ll put the spotlight on Those Were the Days’ longtime announcer Ken Alexander, who began his broadcasting career in the Spring of 1959. We’ll share some sounds and memories from Ken’s great career at the microphone — and, as time permits, we’ll share these sounds from the Golden Age of Radio:

KRAFT MUSIC HALL (2-19-48) Al Jolson stars, with Oscar Levant, announcer Ken Carpenter, Lou Bring and the Orchestra and guest Charles Boyer, who suggests that Al should invest in an “outside” business. Al sings “Sittin’ on Top of the World” and “Remember.” Kraft, NBC. (29 min)
MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY (3-9-49) “Murder a la Carte” starring Jay Jostyn, with Vicki Vola as Miss Miller and Len Doyle as Harrington. The D.A. investigates a lady robber who gets information from the headwaiter at a posh restaurant. Bristol Myers, NBC. (29 min)
WORLD NEWS TODAY (4-2-44) From New York, Douglas Edwards calls in correspondents from the world’s political and battle fronts. “American bombers in the Mediterranean area have made their fourth attack on German industries in Austria... Moscow dispatches say the hour of liberation is near fro the Black Sea naval base at Odessa.” Admiral Radios, CBS. (25 min)


FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (4-18-44) The show begins its tenth year on the air, with Jim and Marian Jordan as the McGees, Shirley Mitchell as Alice Darling, Ransom Sherman as Mr. Wellington, Marlin Hurt as Beulah, Arthur Q. Brian as Doctor Gamble, announcer Harlow Wilcox, the King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. Fibber is certain that the neighbor across the street is a Nazi spy. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
SUSPENSE (11-4-48) “Death Sentence” stars John Garfield as a private investigator who nabs a killer and earns a reward... and a warning. Cast includes Raymond Burr, Wally Maher. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (30 min) Read the article about John Garfield in the Spring 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
JUDY CANOVA SHOW (10-18-47) With Mel Blanc, Ruby Dandridge, Joseph Kearns, Ruth Perrott, Gerald Mohr, The Sportsmen. Judy is impressed by actor Humphrey Cooper and wants him to appear on her radio program. Colgate-Palmolive, NBC. (30 min)
GREEN HORNET (8-16-41) “Paroles for Sale” starring Al Hodge as the Hornet, with Raymond Toyo as Kato. When a politician uses the parole board for political gain, the Hornet investigates. Sustaining, BLUE. (28 min)
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (2-12-48) With Bill Goodwin, Gale Gordon, Elliott Lewis, Jerry Hausner, Meredith Willson and the Orchestra, announcer Tobe Reed and guest Kay Kyser, who is looking for a baby-sitter so he can take his wife on a date. Gracie suggests George for the job. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (30 min)
DOCTORS AT WAR (4-22-44) “Men With Purple Hearts” is the story of a wounded GI who must overcome both mental and physical challenges in order to recover from his injuries. Broadcast from the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Cast: Charles Flynn, Jean David, Beryl Vaughn, Ralph Camargo, Wilms Herbert, Art Hern, Leonard Smith. Greg Donovan announces. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)


KRAFT MUSIC HALL (4-6-44) Bing Crosby stars in an Easter time broadcast, with announcer Ken Carpenter, Ukie Sherin, the Charioteers, the Music Maids and Lee, guest Marilyn Maxwell and The Kraft Choral Club. Bing and Marilyn sing “Easter Parade” and perform in a “Time Marches Back” sketch. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
MEL BLANC SHOW (4-8-47) It’s the “Man of A Thousand Voices” starring in his own show, with Mary Jane Croft, Joseph Kearns, Alan Reed, Hans Conried, Jim Backus, the Sportsmen. Mel gets involved when the Chamber of Commerce organizes an Easter Egg Hunt. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (24 min)
THE SHADOW (3-28-48) “Death and the Easter Bonnet” starring Bret Morrison as Lamont Cranston, with Grace Matthews as the lovely Margot Lane, who buys an Easter bonnet and finds that several other parties are interested in getting it for themselves. Andre Baruch announces. Blue Coal, MBS. (29 min)
I SUSTAIN THE WINGS (4-8-44) A broadcast from New York featuring the band of the Army Air Forces Training Command, directed by Captain Glenn Miller, with Sgt. Johnny Desmond, Sgt. Bob Carroll and the Crew Chiefs, announcer Don Briggs and Sgt. Broderick Crawford. Desmond sings “Easter Parade” and “Poinciana.” Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
CEILING UNLIMITED (4-9-44) An Easter Sunday broadcast, with master of ceremonies Joseph Cotten, singer Constance Moore, announcer Pat McGeehan and guest Agnes Moorehead, who appears in a dramatic story, “God’s Corporals.” Moore sings “Gee, But I’d Like to Be With You on an Easter Sunday” and Cotten tells the story of the poem, “Hymn to a Hero.” Lockheed Aircraft, CBS. (30 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (4-9-52) Willard Waterman stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Mary Lee Robb as Marjorie, Dick LeGrand as Peavey, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker. Gildy is persuaded to wake up at 4:00 am for the sunrise Easter service. Kraft, NBC. (29 min)

OUR 49th ANNIVERSARY SHOW—“Thanks for Listening”

As we celebrate our forty-ninth anniversary on the air, we’re devoting this afternoon’s show to the early years of radio comedy. Read the article about 1930s radio comedy in the Spring 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest.

CANADA DRY PROGRAM (5-2-32) The first show of a new series, with George Olsen and his Orchestra, singer Ethel Shutta and “suave comedian, dry humorist and master of ceremonies” Jack Benny. Ed Thorgerson announces. Canada Dry, NBC BLUE. (29 min)
ED WYNN SHOW (10-25-32) A program of comedy and music from the Stage of the Nixon Theatre, with Don Vorhees and the Orchestra, Graham MacNamee, The Texaco Star Quartet. The Fire Chief talks about horses and cows and explains the story of “Dorothy Vernon Of Haddon Hall.” Texaco, NBC. (29 min)
LINIT BATH CLUB REVUE (1-22-33) Fred Allen stars, with Portland Hoffa, Roy Atwell, announcer Ken Roberts, Lou Katzman and the Orchestra. Fred plays a judge presiding over “Judge Allen’s Cut-Rate Court.” Linit Products, CBS. (26 min)
JACK PEARL SHOW (11-23-36) With Cliff Hall, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Morton Bowe, Mae Questel, The Three Esquires, announcer Paul Stewart. Pearl, as Baron Munchausen, answers questions sent to “The Information Bureau of the Air.” Raleigh, Kool Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
STOOPNAGLE AND BUDD (3-15-35) The second show of the series, with announcer Andre Baruch, Mark Warnow and the Orchestra and guest Nick Lucas, who sings “Isle of Capri.” Stoopnagle and Budd present a morning program for people who wake up in a bad mood. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
TEXACO TOWN (1-3-37) Eddie Cantor stars, with announcer Jimmy Wallington, Deanna Durbin, Sidney Fields, Harry Einstein as Parkyakarkus, Jacques Renard and the Orchestra and guest Al Jolson, who sings “Margie.” Texaco, CBS. (30 min)


FAMILY THEATRE (2-1-50) “The Black Arrow” starring Betty Lynn and John Howard in a radio adaptation of the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson, about a young man who becomes a knight during the War of the Roses. Leo McCarey hosts; Gene Baker announces. Cast: Junius Matthews, William Conrad, Tudor Owen, Ted DeCorsia. Sustaining, MBS. (29 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (6-21-18) Part one of Steve Darnall’s conversation with actress Betty Lynn, speaking by telephone from her home in North Carolina, recalling her career in radio, television, movies and the stage. (26 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Spring 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (3-13-49) “You Were Meant For Me” starring Dan Dailey with Betty Lynn in a radio version of the 1948 movie, directed by Lloyd Bacon, about a band director who falls in love. Cast includes Jim Backus. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (6-21-18) Part two of Steve Darnall’s conversation with Betty Lynn. (25 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (3-20-50) “Father Was a Fullback” starring Paul Douglas, Maureen O’Hara and Betty Lynn in a radio adaptation of the 1949 movie, about a befuddled college football coach who must tackle problems on the field and at home. Cast includes Norma Jean Nilsson, Jim Backus, Willard Waterman, Eddie Firestone Jr., Gil Stratton, Ruth Perrott. William Keighley hosts. Announcer is John Milton Kennedy. Lux Soap, CBS. (21 min & 18 min & 18 min)


JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-23-44) Broadcasting from Vancouver, with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Dennis Day. It’s Dennis’ last show before joining the Navy and Jack offers to sell him his old uniform. Grape-Nuts, NBC. (30 min)
ESCAPE (12-17-47) “Wild Oranges” starring Paul Frees and Jeanette Nolan, with William Conrad, Jack Kruschen, Sherry Hall. A young man sailing to South America stops at an orange plantation in Georgia where a young woman lives in fear. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
SKELLY NEWS (5-13-44) From the NBC newsroom in Chicago, with Louis Roen substituting for Alex Drier. “On the Russian front, the Red Army has opened a new, major offensive... Overcoming strong German defenses, the Russians broke through on a two-mile-wide front, scoring advances up to ten miles in depth and capturing thirty towns and villages.” Skelly Oil, NBC. (15 min)
DRENE TIME (2-9-47) Don Ameche, Frances Langford and Danny Thomas star, with Carmen Dragon and the Orchestra, announcer Tobe Reed, Gale Gordon. Frances sings “it’s a Good Day” and Don is visited by an interior decorator; later, the pair perform a Bickersons sketch. Drene Shampoo, NBC. (30 min) Read the article about Frances Langford in the Spring 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
GI JIVE #829 (1940s) It’s GI Jill (Martha Wilkerson), taking requests and playing records on “The AEF jukebox of the Air,” featuring recordings by Benny Goodman, Jo Stafford, the King Cole Trio and Tommy Dorsey. AFRS. (15 min)
WORDS AT WAR (5-16-44) “Lifeline” starring Joseph Julian in a story of the Merchant Marines and their contributions to the War effort. With Larry Haines, Joe Latham, Arthur Elmer, Tom Hoyer, Arthur Kohl, Daniel Ocko, Karl Weber, Maurice Ellis. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
LIFE OF RILEY (1-13-50) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, John Brown as Jim Gillis and Digby O’Dell, Bobby Ellis as Junior. The Rileys have a new neighbor, but Chester finds his friendly gestures are misinterpreted. Cast includes Shirley Mitchell, Ken Christy. AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)


BING CROSBY SHOW (11-7-51) With announcer Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra, Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and guests Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, who join Bing for a sketch, “The Road to The South Seas.” Bing sings “Christofo Colombo” and “Give Me a Kiss to Build a Dream On.” Chesterfield, CBS. (29 min)
THE BIG STORY (5-19-48) The story of Rolf K. Mills, reporter for the Minneapolis Morning Tribune, who investigates when a woman is found buried alive in a city dump. Art Carney is Mills, with Joan Alexander, Raymond Edward Johnson. Robert Sloane narrates. Pall Mall Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
ROY ROGERS SHOW (8-29-48) With Dale Evans, Gabby Hayes, Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage. Gabby tells the story of how Dale came to run the Circle E Ranch and the gang sings “Blue Shadows on the Trail.” Quaker Oats, MBS. (29 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE #120 (5-20-44) Mistress of ceremonies Paulette Goddard welcomes Anita Ellis, Georgia Gibbs, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Mercer, announcer Ken Carpenter. Louis sings “Up a Lazy River”; Johnny sings “GI Jive.” AFRS. (30 min)
COLUMBIA PRESENTS CORWIN (5-30-44) “Untitled,” starring Fredric March and written and directed by Norman Corwin. The story of a young man who has been killed in the war, as told from an unusual perspective. Cast: Paul Mann, Joseph Julian, Hester Sondergaard, Kermit Murdock, Donna Keith, Michael Ingram, Alan Drake. Music composed and conducted by Bernard Herrmann. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
MARTIN AND LEWIS SHOW (2-8-52) With announcer Jimmy Wallington, Dick Stabile and the Orchestra and guest Rhonda Fleming, who joins the boys for a sketch about an organ grinder and his pet monkey. Dean sings “Bye Bye, Blackbird.” Participating sponsors, NBC. (29 min) Read the article about The Martin and Lewis Show in the Spring 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest.


ONE NIGHT STAND #328 (7-17-44) Les Brown and his Band of Renown are heard in a broadcast from the Café Rouge of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, with vocals by Doris Day, Gordon Drake and Butch Stone. The Brown band plays “Okay For Baby,” “GI Jive,” “I Dream Of You,” and “It Could Happen To You.” AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #511 (9-12-44) Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra entertain the servicemen at Camp Reynolds in Greenville, Pennsylvania, with vocalists Velma Middleton and Jimmy Ross. The band plays “Perdido,” “Time Alone Will Tell,” “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby” and others. Announcer is Wayne Griffin. AFRS rebroadcast. (15 min)
VAUGHN MONROE AND HIS ORCHESTRA (12-3-44) A late-night remote from the Century Room of the Hotel Commodore in New York City, with vocals by Vaughn, Rosemary Calvin and the Norton Sisters. Tunes played include “Don’t Fence Me In,” “The Trolley Song” and “This Heart Of Mine.” Ray Ovington announces. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #373 (5-27-44) Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra are heard playing for the war workers of Western Electric at the Chicago Stadium, with drummer Gene Krupa and vocalists Bob Allen, Bonnie Lou Williams and the Sentimentalists. Selections include “San Fernando Valley,” “I’ll Get By” and “Swing High.” Wayne Griffin announces. AFRS rebroadcast. (15 min)
LOUIS PRIMA AND HIS ORCHESTRA (12-2-44) Excerpt. It’s “The Man Who Plays Pretty for the People” and his band, in a broadcast originating from Frank Dailey’s Terrace Room in Newark, New Jersey. Selections include “Robin Hood,” “I’ll Walk Alone,” “The White Cliffs Of Dover” and “Temptation.” Vocals by Louis and Lily Ann Carroll. Sustaining, MBS. (16 min)
UNCLE SAM PRESENTS (Recorded 2-5-44) Capt. Glenn Miller and the Band of the AAF Training Command are heard in this broadcast from New York City. The band plays several selections, including “Tail End Charlie,” “Now I Know,” and “Holiday For Strings.” Vocalist is Sgt. Johnny Desmond; announcer is Lt. Don Briggs. Office of War Information (OWI) broadcast. (16 min)
JUBILEE #107 (11-6-44) Host Ernie “Bubbles” Whitman welcomes Erskine Hawkins (the “Twentieth Century Gabriel”) and his Orchestra, vocalists Jimmy Mitchell and Effie Smith, the Eddie South Trio, folk singer Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter) and comedian Eddie Green (from Duffy’s Tavern). Selections include “Hot Platter, “Jersey Bounce,” “Rock Island Line” and “Tuxedo Junction.” Jimmy Lyons announces. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be big band historian KARL PEARSON, who will talk about the big band scene of seventy-five years ago.

D-DAY IS HERE! - Part 1

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (6-5-44) The president speaks to the nation about the capture of Rome. “Yesterday, on June 4, 1944, Rome fell to American and Allied troops. The first of the Axis capitols is now in our hands.” ALL NETWORKS. (14 min)
D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44, approximately 2:00 am EWT) Irwin Darlington reports the first bulletins concerning unconfirmed reports of an Allied invasion of Europe. “The news to this moment is all supplied by the enemy. The Germans, through the Berlin radio, tell us that the invasion — that’s the enemy’s word for it — has started.” CBS. (6 min)
D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44, 3:00 am EWT) Richard Harkness reports from Washington, with analyst Morgan Beatty and Robert St. John from New York. At this point, there is still no Allied confirmation concerning the invasion. NBC. (13 min)
D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44, 3:32 am EWT) From London, Col. R. Ernest Dupuy of the Allied Expeditionary Force presents a special announcement confirming that “Allied Naval forces and strong air forces began landing Allied armies this morning on the Northern coast of France.” Edward R. Murrow reads Gen. Eisenhower’s Order of the Day; H.V. Kaltenborn reports “The final chapter in the history of the Second World War is being written”; from SHAEF headquarters, Eisenhower speaks via short-wave. “D-Day is here.” NBC. (24 min)
D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44, 4:15 am EWT) From London, an eyewitness report from correspondent Bryan Wright — the first man to come back from the invasion — as he describes the first parachute drop onto the coast of France. NBC. (17 min)
D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44, 6:00 am EWT) Bob Trout brings listeners up to date on invasion news. Maj. George Fielding Elliott describes the tone of the invasion and the mood of the troops. From London, Charles Shaw offers a dramatic account of the events surrounding the invasion. CBS. (24 min)
D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44, 7:15 am EWT) NBC correspondent Ed Harker, having just returned from a flight with the Ninth Air Force, talks about treatment of news correspondents prior to the invasion. NBC. (7 min)
VALIANT LADY (6-6-44, 10:00 am EWT) Excerpt. Following CBS radio’s seven hours of overnight D-Day coverage, regular programming resumes with this episode of the long-running daytime drama, which urges listeners to buy War bonds. “Today, we are a nation united as perhaps we have never been united before.” Cheerios, CBS. (8 min)
LIGHT OF THE WORLD (6-6-44, 10:15 am EWT) On the day of invasion, the show deviates from its current storyline to present “stories of man’s faith in God.” Tom Campbell announces. General Mills, CBS. (13 min)
GENERAL CHARLES DE GAULLE (6-6-44, 11:30 am EWT) The leader of the French resistance speaks via short-wave in response to news of the invasion. CBS. (11 min)
AUNT JENNY’S TRUE LIFE STORIES (6-6-44, 11:45 am EWT) Edith Spencer is Aunt Jenny, with announcer Dan Seymour. Aunt Jenny offers a prayer for the safety and success of those fighting in the invasion. Spry, CBS. (13 min)
KING GEORGE IV (6-6-44, 3 pm EWT) The King of England, asking for prayers of peace and victory in a special broadcast to “his people at home and overseas” and via short-wave to the United States. The speech is followed by additional news concerning the invasion. CBS. (14 min)

D-DAY IS HERE! - Part 2

D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44, 4:30 pm EWT) Don Hollenbeck presents news bulletins and Morgan Beatty reports on President Roosevelt’s news conference at the White House. NBC. (30 min)
PASSING PARADE (6-6-44, 7:15 pm EWT) Storyteller John Nesbitt offers a tale about a teacher in the 21st Century telling his students about the 1944 invasion of Europe. Sustaining, CBS. (14 min)
D-DAY SPECIAL FEATURE (6-6-44, 7:30 pm EWT) Ronald Colman reads “A Poem and Prayer for an Invading Army,” written especially for D-Day by Edna St. Vincent Millay. NBC. (15 min)
GINNY SIMMS SHOW (6-6-44, 8:00 pm EWT) The popular singer presents a special D-Day broadcast. A U.S. soldier, wounded in action, sends a message to his wife, who is also working in the service of her country; Navy Commander Dr. Wassell describes how wounded are treated; Navy Chaplain Walter Peck — who was at Pearl Harbor in 1941 — offers a message of hope and faith; Ginny sings “The Victory Polka.” NBC. (29 min)
COLUMBIA PRESENTS CORWIN (6-6-44, 8:00 pm EWT) “Sandburg” is the first show in a trilogy dedicated to “the works of three American writers,” written and directed by Norman Corwin, narrated by Charles Laughton. This program aired two hours earlier than usual to accommodate President Roosevelt’s address to the nation. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44, 9 pm EWT) Ben Grauer switches to NBC affiliate stations across the country to present a summary of the nation’s reaction to the D-Day invasion. NBC. (29 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (6-6-44, 9:30 pm EWT) Jim and Marian Jordan are the McGees, with The King’s Men and Billy Mills and the Orchestra. Instead of the usual format, this show features “songs of the services... dedicated to our fighting heroes on all fronts.” NBC. (30 min)

D-DAY IS HERE! - Part 3

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (6-6-44, 10 pm EWT) The president reads a prayer written for the start of the invasion and asks the nation to join him in prayer. Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians follow the president’s address with arrangements of “Onward, Christian Soldiers” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” NBC. (15 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (6-6-44, 10:15 pm EWT) An abbreviated program, broadcast from the Van Nuys Aerodrome in California. Bob acknowledges that “Nobody feels like being funny tonight” and presents a program of music from singer Frances Langford and Stan Kenton and his Orchestra. NBC. (14 min) Read the article about Frances Langford in the Spring 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
FRED WARING’S PENNSYLVANIANS (6-6-44, 10:30 pm EWT) A special program of inspirational and patriotic music designed “to help ease the tension we are all feeling.” NBC. (20 min)
RED SKELTON SHOW (6-6-44, 10:50 pm EWT) From Hollywood, it’s Red’s last radio broadcast before entering the Army, with Harriet Hilliard, Ozzie Nelson and the Orchestra, announcer Marvin Miller. Ozzie and Harriet sing “What Do We Do in the Infantry?” and Skelton presents a sketch with Junior, the Mean Little Kid. NBC. (10 min)
D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44, 11:30 pm EWT) NBC News attempts to overcome technical difficulties and pick up a short-wave broadcast from London, a wire recording of correspondent George Hicks’ now-famous account of Allied troops landing on the beach. NBC. (30 min)
KATE SMITH SPEAKS (6-7-44, 12 noon EWT) From New York, with announcer Ted Collins offering the latest news reports. “Invasion day has come and gone,” Kate announces, discussing the reactions of people in the U.S. Sanka Coffee, CBS. (14 min)
GUIDING LIGHT (6-7-44, 2:00 pm EWT) In an Invasion Day sermon, Dr. Gaylord tells his neighbors what D-Day means to the residents of Five Points. General Mills, NBC. (15 min)
INVASION NEWS SPECIAL (6-7-44, 5:30 pm EWT) W.W. Chaplain reports from London; BBC reporter Robin Duss describes the landing, indicating that Allied casualties will be heavy. SHAEF issues D-Day Communique number four: “Allied troops have cleared all the beaches of enemy.” NBC. (15 min)
ORSON WELLES’ ALMANAC (6-7-44, 9:30 pm EWT) In response to the Normandy invasion, Welles presents a “special broadcast” featuring Agnes Moorehead, Hans Conried, John McIntire, Lou Merrill. A mother writes a letter to her young child about the events surrounding D-Day. Mobil Oil, CBS. (29 min)


TEN-TWO-FOUR RANCH (1-8-43) A program of music starring Dick Foran, Martha Myers and the Sons of the Pioneers. Art Gilmore announces. Dick sings “Home on the Range.” Dr. Pepper, Syndicated. (14 min)
SUSPENSE (6-2-49) “The Ten Years” starring Joan Crawford with Lurene Tuttle in the story of two sisters who make a promise on the night of their mother’s death... and the tragedy that follows when that promise is broken. Auto-Lite, CBS. (29 min)
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (6-12-44) The president launches the Fifth War Loan Drive, just one week after the D-Day invasion. “Whatever else any of us may be doing, the purchase of War bonds and stamps is something all of us can and should do to help win the war.” ALL NETWORKS. (12 min)
JACK BENNY 10th ANNIVERSARY DINNER (5-9-41) Highlights from a testimonial dinner given by NBC at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, on the occasion of Jack Benny’s tenth anniversary in radio, with master of ceremonies Rudy Vallee, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Fibber McGee and Molly, General Foods president Chester Colby, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Bob Hope, Y. Frank Freeman of Paramount Pictures, George Jessel, NBC president Niles Trammel and Jack himself. (18 min & 18 min & 21 min & 20 min)
ARCH OBOLER’S PLAYS (5-17-45) “Mr. Ten Percent” is the sixth show in the series, the story of a Hollywood agent looking to sign a deal with a beautiful young woman. With Bruce Elliott, Mary Jane Croft, Bob Bailey. Sustaining, MBS. (29 min)


FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (6-20-44) Jim and Marian Jordan star, with Arthur Q. Bryan, Ransom Sherman, Marlin Hurt, the King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra, announcer Harlow Wilcox. The McGees are planning to spend their summer vacation on a ranch. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (29 min)
NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (5-28-46) “The Case of the Demented Daughter,” starring Lon Clark as Nick, Charlotte Manson as Patsy Bowen. Nick investigates when a young woman fears she is beginning to go mad. Sustaining, MBS. (29 min)
GOLD COAST SHOW (1-11-61) “The Countess” is the lighthearted tale of a criminal gang and 7,600 stolen prison uniforms. The commercials are woven into the storyline! Participating sponsors, WBBM. (14 min)
WE WILL NEVER DIE (7-4-44) A special broadcast from the Hollywood Bowl, “the scene of one of the nation’s most spectacular pageants. This mammoth memorial is dedicated to the two million civilian Jewish dead of Europe.” Written by Ben Hecht with a special score by Kurt Weill, with the symphony orchestra conducted by Franz Waxman and a cast of one thousand volunteer actors and actresses, including Edward G. Robinson, Edward Arnold, John Garfield, Akim Tamiroff, Sam Levene and Paul Henreid. KFWB/Los Angeles. (30 min & 30 min & 21 min & 16 min) Read the article about John Garfield in the Spring 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest.

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